Item description for Conversation: How Talk Can Change Our Lives (Hidden Spring) by Theodore Zeldin...
Overview The book that will forever change the way we talk to each other at home, at work and in love Do you want better conversations with your lover, your colleagues at work, your family, friends or strangers, or yourself? Conversation explains what kind of talk charmed and excited people in the past, and why we talk differently today. It explores the art and the history of conversation and how it can be the key to a happier, more interesting future. It shows how women have changed the ways lovers speak, how families avoid silence or boredom, how your work can damage or improve the way you converse, and what role there is for the tongue-tied and shy. This book will enable you to see more clearly what you want to talk about, and what conversation can do to your life. Conversation began as a series of talks broadcast on the BBC. They proved to be so popular that they were recently published in book form to great success in Britain and throughout Europe.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.5" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2000
Series Hidden Spring
ISBN 1587680009 ISBN13 9781587680007 UPC 071831007995
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More About Theodore Zeldin
Zeldin is a fellow and former dean of St. Antony's College, Oxford. He has been hailed as "one of the forty world figures whose ideas are likely to have a lasting relevance to the new millennium" and " one of the hundred most important thinkers in the world". He is a member of the BBC Brains Trust, the British Academy and the European Academy.
Reviews - What do customers think about Conversation: How Talk Can Change Our Lives?
A very helpful book Sep 30, 2007
A very objective and well written book.If you want to improve your relationship with people in general so read this book
Wonderful sensory combinations Dec 14, 2006
First, I love Zeldin's manner of thinking. His intellect connects amazingly well with reality! What a joy and an exception. This book is suprisingly powerful in its combination of insight and simplicity. You will find yourself saying over and over, "I knew that!" but in a way that indicates you didn't know it in the way Zeldin just said it. A MAJOR added benefit of this work is the collection of color plates, paintings by Zeldin that he uses so well to illustrate his verbal points of connection. The colors are amazing and the connections are right on. Superb!
better than I expected Nov 25, 2002
I heard about this book on an old radio interview with the author, Mr. Zeldin. I was impressed enough to buy the book. I think the ideas in the book are way ahead of our times, which is why I'd like to recommend it to everyone. It's a fast read, you can get through it in an afternoon easily. But the ideas are as profound as those in A Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. I'm sure I'll read this book over and over at odd times.
disappointing lack of practical suggestions May 22, 2001
This is a beautifully produced small hardcover on glossy paper to include the author's provocative marbleized drawings. The author was described by the Independent on Sunday (London) as "one of the forty world figures whose iseas are likely to have a lasting relevance to the new millennium," and is a member of the BBC Brains Trust, the British Academy, and the European Academy. So what's the problem? Maybe I'm just not smart enough to get it, but this book seemed insubstantial to me. "We need a new conversation," Zeldin repeats, new ways of talking with each other within and about work, love, technology, family, but the proposals and examples never come. He's studied conversation, and had innumerable conversations with people all over the world, but how would one characterize these as "new" or "old"? Unfortunately, the book does not live up to the promise of its subtitle.
The final chapter, "How Conversation Encourages the Meeting of Minds," on providing hospitality to strangers to enrich the family dialogue, and the 36 conversational topics at the end, were the most practical of the book. But a book I had looked forward to giving as a gift fell short of my hopes for stimulating thought and community through conversation.
Our Potentiality! Mar 31, 2001
With this book, Theodore Zeldin reminds us that the thoughts we translate from electrical charges spurting about our craniums into lines of airborne vibrations named WORDS are so powerful. Each composition of sentence can serve as a tool to 'change the world'. This potentiality gives 'gift' to our listener as it gives 'gift' to us. Such potentiality allow transcending the moment of NOW into the sphere of CHANGE. Zeldin's brief historical study of conversation reminds us of the opportunity to affect another person: at mind/soul level. Our thoughts truly are 'tools' to teach others. The randomness of prattle is urged to be replaced by the potent and influential weight of words that may register on the inner recording devices of another human. In that considered act (forming sentences of worth) one learns/relearns the value of Jesus implied when he said "whenever two or more of you are gathered together, there I am with you also." Do slip this book into your hands and those of your language intimates! It will yield the deepened relationships for which we ALL yearn (marriages included).